Studies in Religion Seminar: Iain Gardner
An archive of Coptic magical handbooks and exemplars for the making of amulets: Popular ritual practice and the Christian community of tenth century Egypt
Professor Iain Gardner | 4pm, 28 February, 2023
This paper will report on a research project recently published in Jay Johnston and Iain Gardner (eds.), Drawing Spirit. The Role of Images and Design in the Magical Practice of Late Antiquity, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2023. A detailed examination of the Heidelberg magical archive has produced surprising information about its origin and use, together with a broader understanding of popular religious practice among the Christian community of early Islamic Egypt.
About the speaker
Iain Gardner is Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. His research is primarily in Late Antiquity, and he has published widely in Coptic papyri, Manichaeism, apocryphal, esoteric and magical traditions.
Western Tower Room, Quadrangle A14